Conceptual integration in Iraqi political discourse
Author(s): Dr. Ihsan Hashim Abdulwahid and Thura Ghalib Hashim
Abstract: This study emphasizes how the meaning is conceptualized in relation to the integration network. The data are handled according to the qualitative method and analyzed using Conceptual Integration Theory or Blending Theory by Fauconnier and Turner (2002). According to this theory, there are four mental spaces: the first and the second spaces are inputs which are emerged and mapped for the purpose of creating a novel space that is called the blended space. The investigation applies this theory in order to find out how Iraqi politicians do not frankly speak about some terms that are not legally allowed to be announced in public situations. Therefore, they construct their meaning by referring to concepts that are implied in an integration network so as to either embarrass or show the fact of people they are talking about.